Vacuum and kitchen appliance supplier SharkNinja snaps up more offices

SharkNinja, a global supplier of vacuum cleaners and kitchen appliances, is extending its office space at Thorpe Park, near Leeds.

In a deal brokered by the Leeds office of global property consultancy Knight Frank, SharkNinja is taking 17,000 sq ft of office space at 2180 Century Way.

This comes less than 18 months after the company took a similar amount of space at the nearby 3150 Century Way, moving its headquarters from Wakefield to Leeds.

Knight Frank advised both SharkNinja and the head tenant at 2180, Kier.

Jon Wright, of SharkNinja, said: “We have experienced significant growth during the past year, with the success of new product launches in the UK.

“We are continuing to invest in our staff, focusing on driving innovation and international expansion. As a result, we will be increasing our workforce in Leeds, hence the need for more quality office space.

“We are taking two floors at 2180 Century Way and our new offices will be refurbished to the same high standards as at 3150.

“We are hoping to be moving in during July or August. Thorpe Park has proved to be an excellent location for us, so close to Yorkshire’s superb network.

“I would like to thank Elizabeth Ridler of property consultancy Knight Frank in Leeds for identifying this opportunity and helping us conclude the deal, as she did with 3150 Century Way.”

Ridler added: “This is a very important deal, underlining the continued popularity and pulling power of Thorpe Park.

“A huge buzz surrounds this hugely successful business park, which goes from strength to strength and is without doubt the go to location for out of town occupiers due to the strategic location, calibre of existing occupiers and the plethoroa of on site amenity anchored by the Springs Retail development.

“It is a real testament to Thorpe Park that a successful company like SharkNinja should base its northern UK headquarters here.”

Felicity Ranger, asset manager at Kier Group, said: “Kier is delighted to share 2180 Thorpe Park with SharkNinja and this subletting follows a successful marketing campaign with the team at Knight Frank.

“Despite the pandemic, the process was quick and efficient and this was in no small part down to the professionalism and energy of the team at Knight Frank.”

SharkNinja has taken a 3.5-year lease at 2180 Century Way, which is owned by Leeds City Council.

Ridler said: “There is an acute shortage of good quality stock of this size, so this excellent off-market opportunity was a perfect solution.”

This deal comes hard on the heels in February this year of the pre-let agreed between credit management company Lowell and Scarborough Group International (SGI) at Thorpe Park.

This was the largest single out-of-town office deal ever recorded in West Yorkshire, with Lowell taking a 15-year-lease on a new 133,118 sq ft office building.

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